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We named this cutie Wilbur!

Our proud history

58 years of feeding the future

Another Royal endorsement! In April 2020 we were honoured to receive the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2020.

Movin’ on up! In March 2020 we were thrilled to be recognised by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s 1,000 fastest-growing companies.

Milk fit for a Prince! In April 2019 we proudly began supply of Kendamil Classic Stage 2 to the Royal Household and HRH Prince Louis.

A very official seal of approval! In February 2019 we were awarded the Board of Trade Award for Kendamil’s rapid success around the world.

The cream of the crop! In May 2018 Kendamil was awarded the Gold Medal by Monde Selection as the best infant formula in the world!

One small step for nature … April 2018 saw the launch of Kendamil Organic – the first full cream, palm-oil free organic milk in Europe.

Finally, a product of our own! Designed from the ground up, we proudly launched Kendamil, named after our town and team in 2016.

A new standard of excellence. July 2016 saw our factory reach the coveted BRC AA grade status. A factory first and a proud day.

A new chapter for Kendal! In June 2015, the Kendal factory came under family ownership for the very first time, saving over 90 local jobs.

Raising the bar. In 2007 the Kendal plant was certified BRC A grade status, validating the world-class quality standards in place on-site.

In 1999 the Kendal factory was recognised as a European Centre of Excellence for the making of Infant formulas and infant-grade cereals.

In 1968 Glaxo purchased the Farley’s brand of infant nutrition, making Kendal one of the leading infant nutrition sites in the UK.

In 1962, Glaxo (later GSK) arrive in the UK and establish their first UK factory in Kendal, in the heart of the English Lake District.

Hear our story

A family business

Meet some of the team behind Kendamil

Ross McMahon

founder (and Dad)

Growing up on a farm, Ross has always been passionate about animal welfare and ingredients that are close to nature. When he had sons of his own, William and Dylan, he couldn't understand why other infant formula brands were trying to substitute human breastmilk with fish oils and palm oils. When he's not championing high quality standards for baby milks, you might find Ross hiking in the local Cumbrian countryside!

Steve McCann

Head of Research and Development

Having formulated infant milks and weaning foods for nearly 40 years, Steve has seen first-hand how the industry has evolved. The quality of the product and the great team in Kendal gave him the confidence to raise his own daughters on infant formula that was developed and manufactured here. When he’s not busy with Kendamil, you can find Steve tending to his vegetables in the greenhouse!

Gill McGee

Head of Quality

Gill is the our Head of Quality and joined us in January 2019 with 12 years’ experience working in the food industry. Gill is also the Lead Auditor on site, managing a team of auditors to ensure the company maintains its AA grade from BRCGS. Gill enjoys running and skiing in her free time and she also enjoys working on her lovely garden and spending time with her new dog.

David Gold

Factory Manager

David's dad was a Chief Engineer, which might explain his very inquisitive mind. After studying Engineering at University it didn't take long for David to develop a deep interest in the use of different technologies for manufacturing. Fast forward a few years and David's entire 30+ year career has been within the manufacturing world and specifically, "the fantastically rewarding world of food manufacturing".

Will McMahon

Director (and Son #1)

Remember Ross' sons? Well, they're not so little anymore! Meet Will, our Community Director. Although he might be a little old for Kendamil, you'll find Will enjoying a Kendalife adult shake on the triathlon circuit!

Hannah Bulfield

Community Coordinator

Meet Hannah, Community Coordinator at Kendamil, palindrome by name and coincidentally, palindrome by nature (her date of birth just happens to be one too!). Apprenticeship advocate and professional chatter, Hannah is the marketing mentor for our very own apprentice and the up and coming voice behind the brand. Outside of Kendamil you may or may not find her cooking up the best roast in the North!

Dylan McMahon

Head of growth (and Son #2)

Name sound familiar? We told you it was a family business! Although Dylan is the baby of the family, he's Kendamil's Head of Growth and works across our Product and Community teams. Outside of Kendamil, you'll probably find Dylan cooking up a storm in the kitchen with his girlfriend or reading about the next big thing in tech!

Luke Douglas

Dairy Research Specialist

Meet Luke, a Cumbrian local with a passion for sports and the outdoors. Luke formally trained as a Pharmacologist at the University of Liverpool and has a dairy processing Master’s degree from University College Dublin. Luke first joined the team back in 2015 when Kendal Nutricare was first established, developing new products for its infant formula and cereals ranges.

 

Jodie

Laboratory Technician

Jodie started with us as an apprentice laboratory technician and completed a HND in Chemical Sciences for Industry. Now working as a lab technician for Kendamil, Jodie carries out chemical analysis on our products to ensure that they meet our high quality standards. Outside of Kendamil, Jodie loves practising yoga and being artistically creative.

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